re·​ed·​u·​cate | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈe-jə-ˌkāt How to pronounce reeducate (audio) \
reeducated; reeducating; reeducates

Definition of reeducate

transitive verb

: to train again especially : to rehabilitate through education

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Other Words from reeducate

reeducation \ (ˌ)rē-​ˌe-​jə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce reeducation (audio) \ noun
reeducative \ (ˌ)rē-​ˈe-​jə-​ˌkā-​tiv How to pronounce reeducative (audio) \ adjective

Examples of reeducate in a Sentence

The program reeducates people about how to eat in a more healthful way. We need to reeducate the workers who lost their jobs when the factory closed.

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There was a public-health push to reeducate people about what this kind of suffering looks like. Jessica Knoll, The Cut, "I Dated My Rapist," 17 Oct. 2017 Phase 2, let’s try to get the muscles to reeducate. Dave Quinn,, "Lady Gaga Sobs 'I'm Alone' in Mysterious New Preview for Her Five Foot Two Documentary," 24 Aug. 2017 This month, Wellerstein and other researchers launched Reinventing Civil Defense, a nonprofit project that over the next two years will examine how best to reeducate the American public on the nuclear threat — one that never went away. Ralph Vartabedian,, "Duck and cover 2.0: How North Korea is prompting new efforts to prepare for a nuclear attack," 25 July 2017

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First Known Use of reeducate

1779, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of reeducate

: to teach (someone) to do or understand something in a new way
: to train (someone) for a different job


transitive verb
re·​ed·​u·​cate | \ (ˈ)rē-ˈej-ə-ˌkāt How to pronounce reeducate (audio) \
reeducated; reeducating

Medical Definition of reeducate

: to subject to reeducation

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to boil down or concentrate

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